Electronic filing and Issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) for India’s Exports under GSP, GSTP, India-Malaysia CECA, India-Singapore CECA w.e.f. 15th October 2020

Circular No.: ES/339/2020-21                                                    14th October, 2020

To: Members of the Council

Sub:  Electronic filing and Issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) for India’s Exports under GSP, GSTP, India-Malaysia CECA, India-Singapore CECA w.e.f. 15th October 2020

Dear Member,

DGFT has issued Trade Notice No. 30/2020-2021 dated 13th October, 2020 regarding electronic filing and issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) for India’s exports under GSP, GSTP, India-Malaysia CECA, India-Singapore CECA w.e.f. 15th October, 2020.

In continuation to the earlier Trade Notice Nos. 34/2015-2020 dated 19th September, 2019, 41/2019- 2020 dated 12th December, 2020, 53/2019-2020 dated 2nd March, 2020 and 01/2020-2021 dated 7th April, 2020, it is informed that the electronic platform for Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO) is being expanded to add four more FTAs/ PTAs to facilitate electronic application of CoOs.

This given e-platform has been designed as a single-point access for al FTAs/PTAs, all designated Certificate of Origin (CoO) issuing agencies and for all export products, and is accessible at the URL: https://coo.dgft.gov.in.

It may be noted that the CoO for exports from India under following FTAs/PTAs are already being applied and issued through the e-platform.

ICPTA

India Chile Preferential Trade Agreement

SAFTA

South Asia Free Trade Agreement

SAPTA

SAARC Preferential Trade Agreement

IKCEPA

India Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

IJCEPA

India Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

AIFTA

ASEAN India Free Trade Agreement

ISFTA

India Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement

APTA

Asia Pacific Trade Agreement

To further this trade facilitation initiative, the Preferential Certificate of Origin for exports to various other countries under the following four trade agreements shall also be applied and issued from the CoO e-platform w.e.f. 15th October 2020.

GSP

Generalized System of Preferences

GSTP

Global System of Trade Preferences

IMCECA

India Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

ISCECA

India Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

The given CoO applications for exports from India under GSTP, IMCECA and ISCECA should be submitted through the e-COO platform to the designated issuing agencies. (Refer to Appendix 2B of the Foreign Trade Policy for details of the designated issuing agencies). No manual application for such a CoO should be submitted to an issuing agency after 15th October 2020. Any manual applications submitted prior to the given date may however be processed by the issuing agencies.

CoO applications for exports under GSP may also be submitted through e-CoO platform w.e.f. 15th October 2020. However, the earlier procedure of submitting the manual CoO applications (under GSP) physically to the designated issuing agency shall also be in operation. There shall be a transition period of 3 months when both the online and the physical process shall be operated. Manual submission of GSP CoO applications is accordingly allowed to continue up to 14th January, 2021 or until further orders.

For the applications under the above mentioned FTAs/PTAs, the eCoO system shall generate all the existing set of CoO copies along with an additional copy i.e. electronic copy. The electronic copy shall bear the image signature of the officer and stamp of the issuing agency. The exporter may however get the remaining copies duly ink-signed by the issuing officer with the stamp from the designated issuing office. The copies of the CoOs so issued may be collected by post or in person, for any submission to the FTAs/PTAs partner countries authorities.

For further guidance on registration and application submission, the Help manual & FAQs may be accessed on the landing page at https://coo.dgft.gov.in. For any further assistance, members may utilize any of the following channels —

1)      Raise a service request/suggestion ticket through the DGFT Helpdesk service link on the e-platform home page

2)      Call the toll-free Helpline number 1800-111-550

3)      Send an email to coo-dgft@gov.in

For more information, members may kindly refer to Trade Notice No. 30/2020-2021 dated 13th October, 2020.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

S.BALARAJU
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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